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Joey Kay

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  1. We don't have to take x=usr(1536) word's for it... ask Jack himself.
  2. How about that... "shatter the myth" TV spots, too.
  3. Hmm... not so sure about those claims. “For 1987, Nintendo of America had sales of $750 million out of a $1.1 billion market... Competitors Atari Corp., with about 16 percent of the market, and Tonka Co.’s Sega, with about 10 percent” see https://apnews.com/article/7caaeee0a2e3bb442cab12f441974a13 Meanwhile, for 1987 Atari themselves only claimed 20% of the market. See https://www.nintendotimes.com/1988/06/02/nolan-bushnells-company-to-develop-games-for-atari-2600/
  4. I'll be damned... certainly no economies of scale in producing such small runs, either.
  5. The Annual Reports shed a wee bit more light on this. The phase-out of the ST began in 1992, though a date is not revealed in the 1992 annual report: "The Company began to phase out this series of computers in 1992 preparing for the transition to the Atari Falcon030" Full text of "Atari Corporation Annual Report 1992" (archive.org) The Falcon, it appears, was not manufactured after the first quarter of 1993, though it's hard to say for sure. The 1992 report says: "Production of the Atari Falcon030 series of computers commenced in the first quarter of 1993 in small quantities." and the 1993 report says: "Since introduction in the first quarter of 1993, the Company has shipped small quantities of this product. The Company does not expect sales of this product to be material in the future." Full text of "Atari Corporation Annual Report 1993" (archive.org) Notice in the 1994 report, the Falcon030 inventory was written off either in the third or fourth quarter of 1993: "During 1993, the Company wrote down inventories by $7.5 million and $10.6 million in the third and fourth quarters, respectively. These write-downs were attributable to older 16-bit and below personal computers and 8-bit video game products and write-downs of Lynx and Falcon products to estimated realizable values" Full text of "Atari Corporation Annual Report 1994" (archive.org)
  6. This is a tough one to measure. I'm too lazy to dig out the sources I've read from "back in the day," but this % was usually measured by dollars of sales, not product volume. Because Atari was selling the cheapest games and consoles, they would have had a bigger share of the market by measure of unit sales.
  7. Found this Canadian flyer from 1988 in a box. Enjoy and sorry for the massive file size, but figure it will require some zoom-in to read!
  8. I still have some Atari Canada quarterly "Special Order Software Product Lists" from 1988 onwards. The fall 1988 list (Vol. 1, No. 4) was the first time systems were available for purchase via direct order. The 65XE was $169.95, the 130XE was $259.95, and the XEGS was $249.95. Note the 7800 was $139.95. I bought a 130XE instead of an XEGS because I wanted a "computer," but in retrospect the XEGS was a better value. Oh the 12-year-old mind...
  9. How did you disassemble this? I can't get past the first two screws on the bottom and unscrewing the control stick.
  10. Something that has bothered me about these two print ads ever since I saw them in early 1990, is that they're missing the corporate info on the bottom (c 1990 Atari Corporation, etc...) What's up with that?
  11. Good points. The thunderous sound effect and pterry's disintegration into pixels is pretty satisfying, too.
  12. Is 1,000 points for killing a pterodactyl a little cheap? Seems it ought to have been at least a 2,000 point kill, given that Shadow Lords are worth 1,500. In fact, I can't think of a more disproportionately-valued score in a game, at least on the 7800...
  13. Skill testing question - it's driving me bonkers. At 24 seconds into this ad, just as the Fygar breathes fire on the Dig Dug track playing throughout this ad, there is a sound effect for a video game - it's a horn-like sound- that I do not recognise. Any idea what game that sound comes from?
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